This February, pack your most comfortable cruise outfits and head to Puerto Galera in Mindoro, to welcome the return of the annual Malasimbo Music Festival.
From February 27 until March 3, at Mount Malasimbo in Puerto Galera, music artists from different parts of the world will gather under one sky to celebrate good times.
This year's edition of the festival brings something for every taste: emerging talent; legendary vocalists; jazz, funk, soul, dance fusion, and crossover artists; and not to mention the sound system culture.
Included in the lineup are indie folk singer-songwriter-guitarist Jose Gonzalez, soul-jazz fusion pioneers Roy Ayers and Lonnie Liston Smith, legendary UK vocalist Omar, and the exceptional 2013 Grammy award-winning Robert Glasper Experiment.
Bringing the party are house artist Osunlade, musical mash-up showman Mad Professor; legendary disco and party ambassador Greg Wilson; and party purveyors Heavy Boogie, who will bring their own recipe for “sunshine, moonlight, good times” to the party.
Other artists announced so far are Mark De Cliv–Lowe, Low Leaf, June Marieezy, and Jordan Rakei.
IT'S MORE FUN IN MINDORO. You don’t come to Malasimbo just for the music, but for the wonderful nature, art, and culture of Mindoro as well.
Visit the Sculpture Garden at Mount Malasimbo and be amazed by the works of talented contemporary Filipino artists.
Over the past three years, more than 30 artists—including Agnes Arellano, Gus Albor, Alwin Reamillo, Leeroy New, Denis Lagdameo, Niccolo Jose—have used the venue as their canvas for their art installations.
This year, the Malasimbo Visual Artists family will welcome Ling Quisumbing Ramilo and designers Jinggoy Buensuceso, Wataru Sakuma, and Daniel Latorre Cruz.
Adventure-seekers will also have a blast diving, island-hopping, trekking, jetskiing, and kayaking in the famous White Beach and other beach coves, such as the Big and Small Lalaguna, Talipanan, Aninuan, Haligue, Long Beach, Dulangan (Bulabod), Boquete, and Villaflor.
Visit the Aninuan Falls, which is about two kilometers away from the White Beach, and can easily be reached by trekking on the riverside through lush jungles.
The Tukara River, located 25 kilometers from the town proper, is where you can experience riding a local transport called kanga, and enjoy the lush green vegetation around.
The Excavation Museum showcases artifacts and antiques excavated within the municipality. The precious jars highlight Puerto Galera as an important trading port between China, Malay, and other Asian continents.
Be amazed as well by the coral reefs near Tangalan point. Hop on a motor boat and enjoy seeing crazy-colored fish zigzagging through kaleidoscope reefs and corals.
Also, check out the Baclayan and Talipanan Mangyan settlement areas, where the native local tribes reside.
See the lighthouse located in Sinandigan and get a closer view of the dive sites located nearby.
Have a taste of luxury at Ponderosa, located 2,000 feet above sea level, where all inland bays and coves of the town are captivated. A nine-hole golf course and clubhouse with spectacular view also awaits here.
Check out the Mangrover Forest Park, a stunning protected area bursting at the seams with exotic and massive trees of different species.
Meet local fauna at the Paradise Zoo, where more than 1,000 reptiles and other animals—king cobras, black mambas, giant snakes, spitting cobras, and lizards—live.
And finally, drop by some local historical sites, such as the Black Rice and the Cross with two Canyons at Muelle, Poblacion; and the Garita or Guardhouse at Behiya, Lalaguna, which served as the guarding point for the entry of pirates and marauders to the coves of Puerto Galera.
Full three-day festival tickets, exclusive of travel fees, are worth P6,300, so what’s not to like?
For tickets, festival information, and travel information, go to www.malasimbofestival.com.